I took last week off from recapping the misogynistic crap in the news because, for once, I couldn’t find that much to report on! But then this week happened, and it’s like the world decided to make up for lost time. I should have known.
The government shutdown affects quite a few Americans, but women are disproportionately screwed by several of the programs that are unavailable until Congress gets their act together. (Though, putting the shutdown of the pandacam on the same level as women losing WIC grants to feed their babies is kinda bullshit, Slate.) In the days leading up to the shutdown, Republicans tried to force through a measure that would allow business owners to refuse to give their employees contraception coverage.
Rick Perry is trying to walk back his wife’s statement that abortion “could be a woman’s right, just like it’s a man’s right if he wants to have some kind of procedure.” He also seems to think that implementing Obamacare is a felony and that it’s great that all the “unnecessary” government agencies are shut down. Who cares that children can’t get cancer treatments and that many government employees such as FBI and TSA agents still have to work, but without getting paid until Congress reaches a deal?
The ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project is fighting in federal court to challenge a law in Norristown, PA that can force landlords to evict tenants who call 911 multiple times, even if they’re calling for help because they’re domestic violence victims.
Good news—Marissa Alexander is getting a new trial! She had been sentenced to 20 years in prison after firing a warning shot to scare off her abusive husband and unsuccessfully fought for protection under Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law. However, the jury was given incorrect instructions regarding the legal definition of self-defense, so a judge called for a retrial.
Two former school officials in Pennsylvania are facing criminal charges after exchanging a series of obscenely racist and sexist text messages on their work cell phones.
Officials in the UK fear that the Cameroonian practice of breast ironing may be taking place in immigrant populations.
To hell with reasoned responses to David Gilmour’s bullshit about only teaching the writings of “[s]erious heterosexual guys.” Book Riot went straight for the gifs. Flavorwire also has a good rundown of sexist quotes from famous writer dudes.
Indeed, newspapers still can sell themselves to traditional households — two-parent families involved with their children, schools, churches, sports, civic groups, and such. But newspapers cannot sell themselves to households headed by single women who have several children by different fathers, survive on welfare stipends, can hardly speak or read English, move every few months to cheat their landlords, barely know what town they’re living in, and couldn’t afford a newspaper subscription even if they could read. And such households constitute a rising share of the population.
Citation needed, dipshit.
Romeo Rose is a raging misogynistic douchecanoe racist, but you probably already knew that.
Will the gaming industry ever stop being fucked up?
- Transgender journalist Laura Dale was repeatedly misgendered and called “it” onstage during a Microsoft event at the Eurogamer Expo.
- Grand Theft Auto V decided to get in on the transmisogyny, featuring a music group called She Male Bop whose members are trans women. In the additional content online, the writers joke that LBGT “stands for Lady Boy’s Gigantic Tits,” which aside from being immature doesn’t even get the acronym right.
- Also, we’re not sure why “Male Gamers Only” ads for Wartune have been showing up on PMag, but we’ve now blocked them and they should be disappearing soon. Sorry about that! Sadly, those seem to be some of their least offensive ads compared to some of the other shit that comes up in an image search. Gross.
Speaking of transmisogyny, trans high school student Cassidy Campbell has become a target of hate-filled messages since being elected homecoming queen, with one prominent anti-LGBT pastor saying, “He [sic] has a mental illness.”
Gawker asked its readers to share any nude pictures they may have of xoJane’s Jane Pratt. Stay classy, Gawker.
Thanks for the really stupid sex/relationship advice, HuffPo. Fine, taking the lead and initiating sex is great, but if your relationship dies out because you wear comfy pjs and ask for what you want in bed, your SO was an asshole and you’re better off single. (Publishing this in the Divorce section of the website seems especially blame-y, too.)
- Lauren Mayberry of the band Chvrches speaks out against the misogynistic crap she and other female musicians have to deal with from “fans” on the internet.
- Related, Alternative Press has a great list of the 9 Things Women In Music Are Sick Of Experiencing.
- #300feministsandwiches is a hilariously punny reaction to whatever the fuck is going on with this lady.
- A female doctor discusses the problems with patients assuming she’s a nurse.
- Technology columnist Farhad Manjoo explains why men should wear makeup.
- Rolling Stone has a longread on sexual assault, cyberbullying, and teen suicide.
- A group of Oscar and Emmy nominated filmmakers are asking for stories about sexual assault on college campuses.
- Gloria Steinem wrote an op-ed in support of the transgender community.
- Hey whaddya know? When you actually look at the demographics of kids who watch different TV shows, it turns out that boys like “girl” shows like Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First just as much as girls do.
- New York City is launching a public health campaign in support of girls’ self-esteem. While I’m glad they’re trying to combat unrealistic body ideals that are common in the media I’m still slightly side-eying the “I’m beautiful the way I am” tagline since beautiful isn’t freaking everything a girl should aspire to be.